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Quick advice on which direction to take this build
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Old 29th December 2009, 06:47 AM   #1
kgb_m3 is offline kgb_m3  United States
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Default Quick advice on which direction to take this build

Hello, I recently sold my Logitech z-2300 and started building a new 2.1 setup for my gaming PC.

So far I have 2 Polk audio monitor 30 that will be ran by a typical LM3886 stereo home made amp. (parts on order) and I would like to add a subwoofer to the setup.

What are my best options, to grab a passive subwoofer/enclosure, build my own sub amp? If so which chip amp would be good for a decent little 8" or 10" sub. Another option was to buy a self powered sub such as a Polk 10".

Any ideas would be great!
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Old 29th December 2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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In general a chip amp is not the best choice to drive a subwoofer. It depends of course on the way you use it and your expectations.

You could add the option: grab a passive subwoofer/enclosure and add a plate amp.
If you want to build a subwoofer amplifier, you need active filters, A mixer to convert the stereo signal into a mono signal, a phase-shifter, protection circuits, a remote start/stop or automatic signal detector. A plate amp usually has all that on board and for an 8" or 10" woofer you can use the smallest version with something like 80 W or so. Usually they cost less than the components you need to build your own amplifier without all those add-ons.
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Old 29th December 2009, 07:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the advice, I actually just remembered that I have a spare Onkyo skw-200 powered sub that I can use meanwhile. Unless the plate amp and "fill in the blank" sub will be a better option. If so, would anyone recommend a decent 8 or 10" sub and plate amp? I would imagine Dayton sub will be suffice with a decent plate amp.
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Old 30th December 2009, 04:31 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice, I actually just remembered that I have a spare Onkyo skw-200 powered sub that I can use meanwhile. Unless the plate amp and "fill in the blank" sub will be a better option. If so, would anyone recommend a decent 8 or 10" sub and plate amp? I would imagine Dayton sub will be suffice with a decent plate amp.
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Old 30th December 2009, 04:45 PM   #5
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Quick advice on which direction to take this build
About half way down this page is a plate amp. I haven't used one, but I've heard good things about it.
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